Introductions

  • President Peter Bailinson gave a welcome to council. He said that he thinks that this will be a good year for council, and that he’s looking forward to it.
  • Then, all four undergrad student council presidents introduced themselves
    • President of Engineering Student Council (ESC) Brian Wu said that there are similar initiatives on both CCSC’s and ESC’s agendas, including more student space in NOCO. He also discussed SEAS-specific initiatives such as having different undergraduate and graduate grading curves in classes. Emphasized that he wants to have a collaborative year.
    • President of General Studies Student Council (GSSC) Peter Nason also emphasized more collaboration. He said that GS has the largest group of under-21 students ever. Because of this, programming will be more similar to CCSC’s. GSSC will also be working with us on financial aid and mental health policy reforms.
    • President of Student Government Association at Barnard (SGA) Julia Qian discussed the upcoming 125th anniversary of Barnard and the series of celebrations starting next Monday around that. She also emphasized that there would be continued discussion on sexual assault and trans student admission to Barnard among other policy initiatives. She also emphasized the importance of collaboration, saying that the close personal relationships among the presidents will help that.

 

Summer Updates

  • President, Peter Bailinson
    • CCSC will be releasing the semester report after the meeting tonight. A change from last year is that it is now arranged by initiatives and events this year rather than committees and class councils.
    • Initiatives worked on over the summer
      • After the important addition of new Columbia Health and Sexual Violence Response offices to the fifth floor of Lerner, Peter worked with other council presidents to broker the intermediate compromise of finding new rooms for student groups in Lerner. There will be a discussion about this space issue at the Town Hall, as well as larger discussions about Lerner’s role as a student space going forward.
      • Worked with four councils on fall bacchanal
      • Worked with Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA) to partner on new methods of communications with students and the alumni air miles program.
      • Helped with freshmen elections and worked the activities fair
      • Planned retreat and worked on retreat packet
  • VP Finance, Michael Li
    • JCCC has a new website application which helps maintain institutional memory.
    • Also worked on Fall Bacchanal concert as it was a lot of money allocated by council.
  • VP Policy, Sejal Singh
    •  Changes to the sexual assault policy happened over the summer. Because it was a longer conversation, Singh talked with individuals who had questions after the meeting.
    • Worked with CPS and Health Services to address identity based concerns through a survey created by members of the Mental Health Task Force.
    • Along with Academic Affairs Representative Grayson Warrick, wrote the applications to various academic committees. Applications are due tomorrow at noon.
  • VP Campus Life, Andrew Ren
    • Ren could not attend the meeting until later because he was working at Passport to Columbia, an event he planned with ESC’s VP of Student Life, Caroline Park, but, he looks forward to the fast-approaching Homecoming.
  • VP Communications, Abby Porter
    • Porter worked on the design of the Spring Semester Report, and worked with Bailinson and Warrick to bring more members of council together to work on WTF Columbia issues.
  • 2015 Class Council
    • Planned and executed the event From Transfer to Transfer along with the 2016 and 2017 Class Councils. It was a successful event which they are looking to review and carry on into the future.
    • Lerner Pub will be this Thursday for seniors
    • Worked on class apparel (traditional “C” sweaters for seniors)
    • Movie screening towards the end of the month for which they are collaborating with CCYA. President Kareem Caryl emphasized that he wants to work with them more in the upcoming year.
  • 2016 Class Council
    • Also planned and executed the From Transfer to Transfer event.
    • Class of 2016 apparel is ready. They will table in Lerner and will hopefully have a sample to show to juniors.
    • Upcoming Initiatives and Events
      • Interested in solutions to the space crunch on Columbia’s campus
      • Trying to plan more career oriented events because the job and internship search is ramping up for juniors
      • Want to have more CCSC and ESC collaboration because many students from both schools go to the same events.
  • 2017 Class Council
    • Also planned and executed the From Transfer to Transfer event.
    • Upcoming Events
      • Cosponsoring food expo with Spectator
      • Conversations about Class of 2017 apparel
      • Hosting the major discovery event in the coming weeks. They are in the process of touching base with CCE about this event.
  • Senators
    • University Senator Marc Heinrich gave a brief overview of the role of the Senate, explaining that the senate handles policies that affect more than one school.
    • Updates
      • Sejal Singh will be serving on the senate rules committees
      • Sameer Mishra, Class of 2016 Representative, and Brennon Mendez, Class of 2017, will be serving on the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investment
      • Sexual assault policy has been updated but the lack of student input is troubling, especially because some of the changes that students had pushed for were not implemented.
      • University Senator Jared Odessky then explained the importance of the rules committee. They are the university rules of conduct which govern protests on campus. The Vice Provost of Columbia, the rules administrator,  is retiring and wants the rules to undergo review; want to see if there are things that are adversarial to students. Jared, Sejal and three other students are on it.
      • While CUIT changed email aliases, something that Odessky had pushed hard for last year, the original product that they pushed for is not what they used.
      • Printing system has been difficult to use, especially for Odessky
      • Google drive is functional with LionMail

 

Town Hall

  • Happening in Lerner Cinema
    • Will be dividing it up into small focus groups based on topics
      • For example, Bailinson and Porter will be leading something up on space and Singh will be leading a group on policy
  • 2015 Class Council wants to come up with specific feedback that they can share with the seniors who are involved in making decisions about Senior Week. They also want to get general feedback about the events and policies that seniors want to see.
  • 2016 Class Council wants to ask the juniors what events and policies they would like to see.
  • 2017 Class Council wants feedback on events and policies as well, and they want to talk about the sophomore formal.
    • Bailinson emphasized that concerns and questions brought up at the Town Hall should be shared with other members on council and taken seriously
    • There will be food

 

[email protected] Presentation

  • VP Finance Michael Li gave a presentation on the [email protected] process, the way that all four councils allocate money given to them to student groups.
    • Through a process during reading week, the four undergraduate councils present their budgets to the governing boards who in turn allocate money to student groups. The governing boards are able to appeal in this process.
    • There are also six external funds that the undergraduate councils manage
    • What happens as a student?
      • CCSC receives $216 per student of student life fees every year. This number is set and not tied to inflation. Every year, more and more student groups form and need more funding. The Finance committee meeting will be addressing this issue throughout the year.
    • How does we determine what money Governing Boards get?
      • We take into account our operating budget and external funds, and the rest of the money goes to the governing boards
    • Even though the Campus Life budget has been increased due to the addition of College Days, because we have reduced class council budgets by 10% and dramatically reduced funding of student project grants, the Governing Board allocation increased by 3.23% this year.
    • 81% of the student life fees are given to student groups
      • 14% is kept for councils
      • 5%, or $50,000 is kept as surplus in case of emergency
  • Bailinson pointed out that this puts into perspective a conversation that finance will be having this year
  • Li added that, in general, he wants to make sure that general body is educated on how student life fees are being spent

 

Retreat Reminders

  • Bailinson then went over reminders for the CCSC Retreat this upcoming weekend

 

One-on-Ones

  • Bailinson will be sending an email for everyone to sign up for a one-on-one meeting with him. He wants to have open communication with members, and wants to get everyone involved.